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Kasich rival in Ohio picks lawyer as running mate

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By JULIE CARR SMYTH
AP Statehouse Correspondent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial contender Ed FitzGerald has chosen a Dayton-area lawyer who supports abortion rights in his second pass at picking a running mate.

FitzGerald announced his choice of Sharen Swartz Neuhardt in an email to campaign supporters Friday.

The 62-year-old Neuhardt made two failed bids for Congress, in 2008 and 2012. She brings geographic and gender diversity to the ticket that FitzGerald, an Irish Catholic from Cleveland, has sought in taking on Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) this fall.

FitzGerald first selected state Sen. Eric Kearney, a Cincinnati lawyer who is black, as his No. 2. But Kearney withdrew after revelations that he had hefty tax liens.

Neuhardt graduated from Georgetown University's law school and is a partner at Thompson Hine in Dayton.

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